Name: Emma Fox
Position: Trainee solicitor
Degree: Law with European Law
University: University of Nottingham
Hobbies: Singing, photography, running, reading, cooking and baking
Current department: Technology and IP
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 10/2
Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
I wanted a career that was going to bring new challenges every day and where no two pieces of work are ever the same. I also wanted the chance to work with ambitious people and build up really good relationships with clients.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?
Trying to find ways to make my application form stand out from hundreds of other great candidates. It’s a competitive process and it can be hard to allow your personality to shine through while still putting together a really strong, impressive application.
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
I was lucky and I don’t remember any nightmare questions! The broad questions like “What do you think makes a good law firm?” are difficult as you have to find a balance between giving a comprehensive answer and not being too “waffly”. Take your time and think about what you’re going to say; interviewers don’t mind a short silence as long as it’s followed by a considered answer!
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
Currently I’m in the Technology and IP team.
From the IT side, we focus on IT contracts and advise on different areas of IT law including social media and cloud. The IP side is very varied and can involve any kind of IP infringement. I also do a lot of data protection work. Some of the work I’ve been involved with recently includes advising on a contract for the resale of e-learning courses; advising the founder of a 1960s band on potential IP claims against a tribute band; and advising an online retail client on the data protection implications of targeted advertising through social media.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
The people I work with, both colleagues and clients. For me the most rewarding part of the job is receiving grateful emails from clients who have really appreciated you turning something around to get the best result for them.
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
That there would be so little sense of hierarchy throughout the different levels of fee earners. As the office is open plan there is a really sociable atmosphere and I have never felt intimidated by partners or other senior fee earners. Everyone is happy to answer any questions you have and take time out for a chat.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
From someone in our Business Development team about a tender I’ve been involved with. Learning about winning new work is incredibly important and can really set you apart when it comes to qualification.
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
Definitely Toto’s (a riverside bar) on a Friday evening.
Describe your training partner in three words.
Driven, supportive, approachable.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
- I own over 100 different colours of nail polish
- I have done a bungee jump off a 160m bridge
- I have sung in front of Mary Berry, Scarlett Johansson and Princess Anne
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
Either a BBC newsreader or a wedding photographer!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
Make your name known in the early stages. If you want a job at a particular firm, go to as many open days and recruitment events at that firm as possible. If you can make a good impression early on, you’ve already got a foot in the door and your name will stand out from the crowd when you apply.